Boobquake Shakes Up Thinking Around Women’s Brains & Bodies

May 1, 2010 by Guest Blogger ·
Filed under: Culture, Politics 

by April Callen

boobquakeFor those of you who may have missed the memo, Monday was “Boobquake.” Challenging Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, women around the world were asked by feminist blogger, Jen McCreight, to participate. Would the combination of millions of pairs of semi-exposed breasts shown at the same time shake the ground we stand on? Not Bill Nye’s kind of science, but science nonetheless.

McCreight’s proposition was met with Facebook fan pages, event profiles, Twitter hash tags (#boobquake), and t-shirts. Many feminists asked if this was “cute feminism” or “male-friendly feminism,” and why would women want to sexualize and objectify themselves when all of society does it for us on a daily basis. Negar Mottahedeh and Golbarg Bashi reacted by starting their own cyber movement: Brainquake. To honor Iranian women who live with the sort of oppression that Sedighi’s comments reflect daily, Mottahedeh and Bashi thought it would be more appropriate to show off resumes, blogs, and anything else that highlights our creativity, intelligence, and ingenuity as women. Quickly the dueling “quakes” became less about moving the earth (obviously) and more about how we view women’s ownership of their bodies, and minds. Read more

Is there a Woman in the House?

June 17, 2008 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Politics 

Like many progressive women across the nation I faced a tough decision leading up to the democratic primaries. I began to question my friends about who they would choose and why. One friend told me she voted for Hillary in the primary because her seven year-old daughter asked that she vote for a woman. Other friends have told me they voted for Clinton simply because she’s a woman, not because they identified with her on particular issues. Then there are the women who wanted to vote for her, but didn’t. One friend conveyed her discomfort with Clinton’s adeptness at playing a man’s game. I can’t blame her for suspecting Clinton is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Oddly enough, both read more